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40th Steel City Champion Beers
Several teams of judges blind tasted all the beers in the festival by category on the opening night. Here are the results (note the traditional range of categories used by Champion Beer of Britain have been used, so for example an IPA is classed as a bitter and a wheat or flavoured beer is classed as speciality).

Brewery News

  • spirebrewingco Spire Brewery reborn - You will remember back in September we reported that the owner of Spire Brewery, Dave McLaren – who retired from brewing with a bad back and wound up the original brewing business - sold the equipment, Spire name and beer range to Gareth Jones, a Chesterfield CAMRA member. Since then he has been busy doing a lot […]
  • brampton spirit Brampton Brewery - With the days drawing in and winter approaching faster than a bullet-train, we can't think of many better tipples to warm you through than the new Spirit of Brampton Mild.
  • Blitzen-Stout-1.1 Blue Bee - As the festive season approaches we have been busy conjuring up this year’s Christmas special: Blitzen Stout 5.0%
  • Dronfield community interest brewery company proposal - By the time this magazine hits the streets, the initial meeting to gauge interest and ideas will have taken place at the Three Tuns in Dronfield.
  • Dronfield Pale Ale pump clip-page-001 Dronfield Brewery - The new version of Dronfield Pale Ale, which featured at the recent Steel City beer festival, has proved very popular. Rob still has plenty of Galaxy hops left so will be doing another brew of this beer in time for Christmas!
  • 20141108_131715 Peak Ales - Peak Ales new brewery at Ashford in the Water is now open with the regular beers now being brewed there.
  • captainchrimbo Kelham Island Brewery - Our two Christmas beers will be making their last ever appearance this December. ‘Fairytale of New York 4.2%’ a Festive Dark Ale brewed with Belgian Yeast.
  • 10th Noel 5.7 Acorn Brewery - Another busy year coming to an end, expansion plans for 2015 are on the drawing board, watch this space!!!
  • TMB10 xmas Steel City Brewing - Steel City are back from yet another 3-month gap! Dave is his usual festive self, with 'Christmas is Cancelled' being available by the time you read this.
  • Xmas open day Morris Sheffield Brewery - Launch of The Last Friday of the Month Sheffield Brewery Beer Club – Grand Opening Event– 29th November 2014

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Festivals

Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Rotherham CAMRA’s New York Beer Festival

Thu 8 – Sat 10 Jan

The revised date for this festival at the New York football stadium, located a 5 minute walk from Rotherham Central rail station and bus interchange (buses 69 or X78 from Sheffield). A range of around 70 mainly local real ales plus continental bottled beers, cider and perry features. There is also entertainment planned for all sessions. The festival is open Thursday and Friday 6pm-11pm and Saturday 12pm-11pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a souvenir glass and programme, CAMRA members also get their first pint included. Advance booking required for Friday night and advisable for other sessions. For more information see the Rotherham CAMRA website. 

Manchester CAMRA Beer & Cider festival

Wed 21 – Sat 24 Jan

This new festival, which replaces the old Winter Ales Festival, is back for it’s second year at the Velodrome (National Cycling Centre on Stuart Street, M11 4DQ - next to the Velopark Metrolink tram stop on the line from Piccadilly rail station to Ashton-Under-Lyne) bigger and better than before. Over 500 cask beers feature plus foreign beers, cider and perry with bars located on both the concourse and in the centre of the cycle race track.

Trains run from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly up to 3 times an hour, typical journey time 55 minutes. Discounted train tickets are available if you book in advance.

For more information visit the festival website.

CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival

Wed 11 – Sat 14 Feb

The home of the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition where winter beer styles such as stouts, porters, barley wines and old ales are celebrated, however if pale and hoppy ales, brown malty bitters or easy drinking milds are more your thing, don’t worry – they are there too!  The festival features around 400 real ales plus a good selection of ciders and perrys along with a range of continental beers and live music. The venue this year is once again the Derby College Roundhouse, which many years ago was a railway engine shed, now a seat of learning! The Roundhouse is easy to get to, located right next to Derby railway station (use the Pride Park exit at the rear of the station). Trains run from Sheffield to Derby up to 4 times an hour, journey time about 35 minutes.

More information visit the festival website

 

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Awards

  • Anglers Rest DPOTY July presentations - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Pub News

  • Punchbowl / Springvale - Tracey and Heather are moving on “to pastures new”.    We are moving down the hill to the Springvale on Commonside.   However, we feel we are on the “up and up”  and are hoping to continue what we started at the Punchbowl by creating a real community Pub,   It doesn’t matter what your age, young or […]
  • P1020934 Wisewood Inn - Following a brief closure the Wisewood Inn reopened with a bang. Christy Beardshaw moved from the award winning pub The Blake, Walkley to the Wisewood Inn, Loxley Road.
  • Good Beer Guide 2016 - We are now starting the process to choose which pubs in our area will go in the next edition of the national Good Beer Guide.
  • 3tuns POTM 3 Three Tuns, Sheffield City Centre - Still under the Stephens’ Empire (ahem, Reet Ale Pubs) umbrella, the Three Tuns has recently seen the promotion of Kate Major to Imperial Overlord, following in the footsteps of Emperor Andy himself.
  • The Harley Hotel - The Harley Hotel, located across the road from the University of Sheffield tram stop, offers a bar that opens until the early hours all week, often with live music or DJs at night.
  • Uni Arms above University of Sheffield masterplan - As part of the University of Sheffield's recently published Campus Masterplan, the University Arms could be demolished to make way for more university buildings.
  • beer parlour pots Micropub news - If you are not familiar with the micropub concept, it is basically a small pub based in a converted shop unit where the operating costs are low, there is no entertainment, food is limited to bar snacks such as cheese, pork pies, crisps and nuts and the drinks range is a limited specialist selection including cask ales.
  • Dove & Rainbow - On the 4th November the Dove and Rainbow Team celebrate their 8th birthday, which is no mean feat in this day and age. Saturday the 8th is also the landlady Dawn’s 21st (!?) – you do the maths! So get yourselves down to help them celebrate in style with a pint or 3 of their […]
  • 6142e2a6-7342-4962-b8f8-34df0b6282a7 White Lion, Heeley - The White Lion in Heeley, Sheffield has been chosen as the Regional Finalist (Yorkshire, The North East and Scotland) for the Great British Pub Awards 2014, a prestigious annual event that takes place nationally.
  • West End - The team from the Fox & Duck in Broomhill are taking over the West End on Glossop Road on the 28th August. There will be a short closure to allow for a little refurb and rebrand.

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Inn Brief

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    A new beer venue is to open in Dronfield in early December on Callywhite Lane, behind the Post Office called the Beer Stop at Dronfield. This could be described as a micro-pub, it will basically be a bottled beer shop with a couple of cask ales available with an option to drink on the premises. The venue is on bus routes 44/44A and just around the corner from the railway station. It is also close to the Dronfield Arms and White Swan.

    Christy Beardshaw has left the Blake and moved to the Wisewood Inn. Real Ale is available here again.

    The Punchbowl at Gleadless is closed for 1 month. They have applied for a license extension to open at 7am, and open until 1am Friday/Saturday.

    The Olive Grove is now a shop.

    The Bell Jar and Delaneys are both closed and to lease.

    The Royal Standard now has a third handpump on the bar resulting in an increased beer choice here.

    The Rutland Arms on Brown Street are holding their annual Christmas Lights party on Thursday 4th December with a Magic Rock tap takeover included as one of the attractions.

    After 2 successful years, Dronfield Arms Landlord Daniel is moving on to pastures new. Owner Chris Sinclair is delighted to announce that Edd Entwhistle, currently Manager at The Bath Hotel in Sheffield, will take over in December!

    The Cross Scythes on Derbyshire Lane, Norton Lees, has lots planned for the Christmas period kicking off with family fun on Sunday 14th December, Christmas Carols on the 17th, brass band on the 20th, quiz on the 22nd and 29th and finally a New Years Eve party on the 31st with a vintage vinyl disco.

    SIBA have announced their annual BeerX will be back in Sheffield for 2015, this encompasses their annual conference, trade show, beer awards and a beer festival open to the public. The venue is Ice Sheffield, which is located next to the Arena/Don Valley tram stop. The beer festival is open 20th and 21st March. See www.beerx.org.

    Another festival confirmed as back for 2015 is the Three Valleys Festival, featuring multiple venues around Dronfield and the surrounding villages all with beer festivals and many with food and music, linked by a free bus service that also picks up at Dronfield railway station. The date for your diary is Saturday 6th June. Keep an eye on www.threevalleysfestival.org.uk.

    The Three Tuns on Silver Street Head (Paradise Square) are now open on Sundays serving Sunday dinners 12pm to 6pm, as from 23rd November. They celebrated their first Sunday service by offering a free pint with every meal!


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Campaign News

  • Good Beer Guide 2016 - We are now starting the process to choose which pubs in our area will go in the next edition of the national Good Beer Guide.
  • Uni Arms above University of Sheffield masterplan - As part of the University of Sheffield's recently published Campus Masterplan, the University Arms could be demolished to make way for more university buildings.
  • Pub heritage news - ‘Yorkshire’s Real Heritage Pubs : Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest’  (2nd.Edition) was available at the recent CAMRA Great British Beer Festival at Olympia and is now available nationwide. The official launch is at Whitelocks, (Leeds), on 29th.August. In attendance will be the MP for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland. Greg is Chair of ‘Save […]
  • Champion Beer of Britain - CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain competition sees a selection and judging process over almost a year, with initial county categories selected by an online vote open to all CAMRA members followed by a programme of judging in their categories at various beer festivals around the country until the finalists are judged by a blind tasting panel […]
  • Pub Matters - CAMRA has launched a new hard-hitting campaign to urge the Government to close national planning loopholes. The campaign, ‘Pubs Matter: So why can’t we have a say’, aims to give power back to local communities by ensuring planning permission is always required before the change of use or demolition of a pub. Local pubs are […]
  • Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 16.51.56 Whatpub.com - What Pub is CAMRA's national pub database website and is growing to become the first port of call to find out comprehensive information about real ale pubs in the UK.

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Other News

  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.